The future of GP training in NSW & ACT is in safe hands
An in-principle agreement has been reached with the Department of Health for GP Synergy to deliver the AGPT and OTDNET programmes from 1 January 2016 in the three NSW & ACT training regions – North Eastern NSW, Lower Eastern NSW and Western NSW.
GP Synergy Chair, Dr Harry Nespolon says this is a positive outcome for GP training, the profession and local communities.
“GP Synergy is an established GP training provider with experience delivering training in both rural and urban settings.
“We currently deliver GP training across an expansive rural region in north-western NSW covering more than 99,000kms (1.3 times the size of Tasmania), as well as across metropolitan and outer metropolitan Sydney.
“Over the years we have successfully demonstrated our commitment to maintaining high quality training standards, regionally responsive training, and improving primary healthcare workforce in rural and remote locations and areas of workforce need.
“Going forward, these commitments will not change.
“In addition, we continue to value relationships with Aboriginal health partners and work closely with them to develop and deliver meaningful initiatives that improve primary healthcare outcomes for local Aboriginal communities,” he says.
Dr Nespolon says ensuring supervisors are supported will also remain a key focus of the organisation.
“As a practising GP and GP supervisor, I know only too well the pressures supervisors can face in balancing their teaching and GP roles.
“Supervisors play a critical role in the GP training program and as a priority we will ensure they are provided with the support they need to train Australia’s next generation of general practitioners,” he says.
With several different training providers currently operating within the new training regions, GP Synergy Chief Executive Officer, Mr John Oldfield says ensuring a smooth transition to the new arrangements is of upmost importance.
“To minimise disruption to registrars, supervisors and training facilities, GP Synergy will be working closely with outgoing training providers over the coming months.
“These organisations have made significant contributions to GP training and have extensive regional knowledge and educational expertise.
“It is imperative that the corporate knowledge and goodwill developed over many years by these providers is acknowledged and not lost. The removal of competitive barriers creates an exciting opportunity to share this knowledge and resources for the direct benefit of AGPT and OTDNET doctors in training,” he says.
Mr Oldfield also recognises regional input and flexibility is crucial in future training arrangements.
“We will be actively seeking to further partnerships with new and existing stakeholders to identify local population health and workforce issues, and how we can work together to address them,” says Mr Oldfield.
GP Synergy will officially commence operations in the new training regions on 1 January 2016. Transitional arrangements will begin from October through to 31 December 2015.
As part of the establishment phase, GP Synergy will be hosting a series of forums and meetings across training regions in the coming weeks. Further details will be circulated to relevant parties and will also be available via the GP Synergy website – www.gpsynergy.com.au
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